Hunting is a divisive topic at the best of times, and it’s probably not a good idea to start a conversation on a dating app by bragging about it.
It’s quite likely you could be speaking to someone who is against the practice, or more unfortunately, someone whose job it is to make sure hunters aren’t breaking the law in the area.
Chatting to a match on Bumble, one dater did exactly that as unbeknownst to her she boasted about killing a deer using illegal methods to a game warden.
She wrote to her match: “Just shot a bigo buck. Pretty happy about it.”
The woman didn’t realise her match was Cannon Harrison, 24, part of the Oklahoma Game Wardens team, who work to protect wildlife in the area.
After she said she’d shot a buck, Cannon probed to find out the details about it.
It soon transpired that she used spotlighting, an illegal method where hunters shine a torch light into the deers’ eyes so they freeze – making it easy to shoot them from a vehicle.
She admitted to the warden that she did use spotlighting, which is illegal according to the state’s hunting regulations.
The woman even shared pictures of the dead animal.
Cannon found out her address and wardens arrived at her property.
An investigation showed the woman committed another illegal act, which is harvesting only the deer’s head and back-strap meat, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.
She and an accomplice pleaded guilty and paid $2,400 (£1,880) in fines, the Tulsa World reported.
Oklahoma Game Wardens wrote on their Facebook page: “The woman he was conversing with on a dating app revealed she had just killed a ‘Bigo’ buck. Obviously not knowing Cannon is a game warden her date night took a turn for the worst!
“Oklahoma Game wardens arrived at the property she killed the deer and made the illegal deer case. She has already pled guilty and paid multiple fines.
“Thanks to Warden Harrison for sharing this entertaining case!”